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Principles of Civility & Community

In 2011, the university adopted the Principles of Civility and Community. They are designed to work in concert with all existing codes of conduct. The principles encourage all members of the campus community to foster a learning environment where the differences of our diverse culture are valued, respected and celebrated.

Civility is an act of showing regard and respect for others including politeness, consideration, tact, good manners, graciousness, cordiality, affability, amiability, and courteousness. Ultimately, civility is treating others as we would like to be treated. Our community consists of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents of students, and campus visitors. Community members affect each others’ well-being and have a shared interest in creating and sustaining an environment where all community members and their points of view are valued and respected.

By affirming the value of each member of the university community, the campus asks that all its members adhere by the following principles:

Inclusivity. We are welcoming to all and hostile to none. We foster an open community in which educational goals may be pursed.

Diversity. We respect the diverse backgrounds of all members of our community and welcome the opportunity for interpersonal and group interactions.

Dialogue. We value, encourage, and facilitate free exchange of diverse ideas and points of view along with free speech and expression. However, we discourage uncivil speech or expression that infringes upon the ability of others to express themselves.

Collegiality.  We value an environment that facilitates collegial relationships, encourages mutual understanding among diverse individuals, and leads to addressing issues and differences in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility.

Respect. We believe that a person’s views, ideas, and behavior best reflect the goals of the academic community when the dignity of each individual is respected and when members of the community are considerate of the feelings, circumstances, and individuality of others.

Knowledge. We encourage development of a civil community that values critical inquiry, debate, discovery, and innovation to better the world through teaching, research and service.

Integrity. We value academic honesty and integrity by all members of the academic community.

Learning. We believe that learning is an interpersonal growth experience that fosters appreciation for diversity.

Awareness. We believe it is important to recognize how others view and relate to the community and recognize that we are part of a larger community.

Responsiveness. We encourage all community members to speak out against incidents involving bigotry and other types of incivility so the university can fulfill its responsibility of responding in a fair, timely and consistent fashion.

Learn more at UT’s civility and community site.